Blues need to play right to the siren
Port Adelaide has made a habit of coming from behind and winning games late. It certainly is a boost in confidence and shows that they have an extra gear to shift to when the chips are down. The Blues however are the exact opposite.
Port Adelaide has been on a roll lately -- they've won three straight games. Their wins haven't been dominant but it has earned them three wins in their last five matches.
The Carlton Blues have also won three of their last five games. They completely dominated St Kilda last round winning by a total of 61 points. In head to head matches Port Adelaide has won 12 out of the 20 meetings between them and Carlton. The Blues have won only seven games and one game ended in a draw. The last time these two teams played each other, Carlton trashed the Power 18.13 (121 to 9.13 (67).
The key for Port Adelaide will be Dom Cassisi. Cassisi has already given fans spectacular highlights to keep them wanting more. He made two final term goals against the Crows and continued his strong play last round against Essendon.
Jeff Garlett is the key for the Blues. He collected 15 touches and scored four times last round. His athleticism and great play will be hard for the Power to match up against.
The Power will have to play without Warren Tredrea. Tredrea injured his ankle during Port Adelaide's close win over Essendon last round -- he is expected to be out for 90 days. Nathan Krakouer will be subject to a fitness test before playing this Sunday. Hamish Hartlett is also ineligible to play against the Blues this week because of an injured quad.
Carlton will welcome back Brad Fisher to the line up. Fisher has recovered nicely from his knee injury. Paul Bower (hip injury) and Andrew Walker (collarbone) will be out for the Blues. Midfielder Brock McLean will have to pass a fitness test but he seems ready to go.
Port Adelaide has made a habit of coming from behind and winning games late. It certainly is a boost in confidence and shows that they have an extra gear to shift to when the chips are down. The Blues however are the exact opposite. They have the nasty habit of collapsing when it matter most. It'll be interesting too see if they can play the whole game and not only for the first three quarters.